Practice Management news June 2006

Practice Management

Top CMA and CFM Performers Announced

The Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA), the certification division of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), on Wednesday announced the top scoring performers for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM) examinations for the Winter 2006 period.
Practice Management

Security Alert: Microsoft Warns of Excel Zero-day Vulnerability

Microsoft posted a warning on Friday stating that a previously unknown flaw in Excel is being exploited by opening a malicious Excel document. The vulnerability is considered extremely critical because, according to a prepared statement from Secure Elements, it is locally and remotely exploitable by Trojan.Mdropper.J, which drops Downloader.Booli.A on the affected system.
Practice

Mark Your Calendar: 8 Critical Questions Webconference

1st Global is sharing the eight critical questions tax practitioners need to answer about their practice and wealth management in an hour-long webconference on Wednesday, June 21, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Central Time.
Practice Management

AICPA Announces FlexWise to Help Members with Flexible Work Arrangements

Leslie Murphy, chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), formally announced the FlexWise program during her presentation Monday at the Institute’s Practitioners Symposium in Las Vegas.As employers across the country deal with retention issues, more and more are turning to flexible work arrangements to keep talented employees.
Practice Management

Cross-Border Dispute? Think Arbitration and Boost the Bottom-Line

A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study indicates that 73 percent of in-house counsels worldwide, prefer using international arbitration to resolve cross-border disputes rather than transnational litigation.
Community News

Newkirk Announces New Tax Law Explanation Booklet for Clients; Prospects

“Congress has passed a tax law – TIPRA – that affects the alternative minimum tax, as well as the tax treatment of capital gains and dividends,” Peter Newkirk, President of Newkirk, a nationally known provider of communications for Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Certified Financial Planners (CFPs), said in a prepared statement. “Moreover,” Newkirk continued, “Congress is not through legislating. There’s a so-called ‘trailer’ bill being considered, which contains extensions for many popular tax provisions.
Practice Management

Mark Your Calendar: PCPS Debuts New Practice Management Forum

The Private Company Practice Section (PCPS) of the American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is debuting a new series of online practice management forums with How to Identify and Manage Your Firm’s Key Profitability Drivers featuring Jeffery Pawlow, CEO of The Growth Partnership, on Wednesday, June 7, 2006, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Practice Management

Number of Female Accountants Increasing

Women now make up more than 60 percent of all accountants and auditors in the United States, according to the Clarion-Ledger. That is an estimated 843,000 women in the accounting and auditing work force. Although recent educational metrics have shown that girls in school seem to lose interest in math and science, according to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, women are flocking to the accounting profession.
A&A

Quality of Life Tips Relocation Scales

Successfully recruiting top executives from another city or region of the country requires more than just a great job offer. According to a recent survey by Robert Half, 31 percent of chief financial officers say that the quality of life in a new city would influence their decision to relocate for a job opportunity.